Prince William and Kate shaded Harry and Meghan in their post for baby Lilibet? And we will tell you why?
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wished Harry and Meghan on the arrival of their daughter Lilibet recently, the pair particularly decided to avoid calling Meghan and Harry by their royal titles. “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili,” the couple shared in an Instagram post following baby Lilibet’s arrival on Friday, June, 4. “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie.”
Many understood well the kind message as something of an olive branch between the couples, especially amid the ongoing feud of Meghan and Harry’s bombshell CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. While observing the post closely, it seems that they are done with the formalities.
When Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their son Archie in May 2019, Prince William and Duchess Kate’s message of congratulations took on a very different tone. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son today, and look forward to meeting the latest addition to the family,” a spokesperson for Prince William and Kate Middleton shared on Instagram at the time, making sure to reference Meghan and Harry’s official titles.
Though, while some may understand the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new tone as a way of slighting the California couple, it’s also possible that their messaging is part of a wider royal rebrand said stylecaster.com. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, for example, also referred to the Sussexes by name in their statement: “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana,” they wrote on the Clarence House official Instagram account.
Kinsey Schofield, a royal commentator explained to Insider recently, the royal family may be aiming to “add a depth of warmth” to their image following the backlash they received after the Oprah interview. “Things have been rocky for the entire family since the Oprah interview online, but Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have been dodging negative feedback on social media since November thanks to ‘The Crown’ Netflix series,” Schofield told Insider on Wednesday, June 9.
Schofield continued, noting it’s now possible that the public relations teams for Clarence House and Kensington Palace have “teamed up to weather this storm.” Whatever their reason, the difference is intriguing!